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Richmond SPCA

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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

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June 25, 2007
Contact: Tabitha Hanes, (804) 521-1319

Richmond SPCA Offers Hot Weather Tips for Pet Owners

Richmond, Va. With temperatures forecast well over 90 degrees for several days this week, the Richmond SPCA urges pet owners to take precautions to avoid potential dangers from the sun and heat.

“Our animal companions are highly susceptible to injury and even death during the warmest days of the year,” said Dr. Angela Ivey, director of veterinary medicine at the Richmond SPCA. “It is imperative that we make every effort to ensure that they are comfortable and safe.”

The Richmond SPCA recommends that pet owners:

· Place pets’ water in the shade and in bowls that will not tip over when you and your pets are outdoors.

· Keep animals indoors. If a pet must be outdoors for any period of time, be sure to provide access to a tip-proof shelter with good circulation at all times.

· Allow pets regular exercise, but try to provide it during the coolest hours of the day. Avoid extended walking or running on hot asphalt.

· Watch your pet’s weight and consumption, as summer heat may lead to less activity and reduced caloric requirements.

· Never leave a pet in a parked car. Even with windows cracked on a 75 degree day, temperatures can rise to over 120 degrees.

· If you suspect your pet suffers from heat stroke, begin cooling him down by wetting his trunk and legs with cool (not cold) water. You may also use rubbing alcohol on his foot pads and the skin on his abdomen and allow a fan to speed evaporation. Severe hyperthermia affects the entire body and it may not be enough to just lower body temperature and you should seek veterinary attention as soon as possible.

· Some pets will require extra attention. Older pets, overweight pets, or braciocephalic breeds, including boxers, pugs and bulldogs, are more vulnerable in hot temperatures, as are breeds and mixes suited to colder climates, such as huskies, malamutes, and keeshonds. While a heavy or double coat might appear to make a dog hotter, it actually insulates the pet from the heat and prevents sunburn, so summer cuts and/or shaving is not recommended for these breeds.

The Richmond SPCA is available to assist local pet owners who have questions or concerns about their animals in the heat. For more information, please call the Robins-Starr Humane Center at (804) 643-6785.


The Richmond SPCA is a no-kill humane society dedicated to the principle that every life is precious. The non-profit organization saves the lives of more than 3,000 homeless animals each year. As a national leader in humane care and education, the Richmond SPCA is aggressively tackling the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and sterilization.